Bruce the Wandering Whale’s adventures in Cesky Krumlov continued…..

 Bruce’s adventures in Cesky Krumlov Continued …..

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And this was unusual – you don’t often see a saint in the flesh, as it were… These are (allegedly) the preserved remains of St Reparat…

And in the next room, some chain mail

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and a few weapons

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Then, after the Museum, we climbed the Tower. This was interesting as the stairs are narrow and steep and not designed for flukes. But somehow we managed. The view from the top (near enough) is great – although better on a good day.

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Our hotel courtyard is where the tree is just to the left of the green building on the left of the picture

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The inside courtyard – the building on the left is the old barracks/armoury

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A couple of interesting stories about the building in the picture below.

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In the early 1600’s this was the home/business of the town barber, whom everyone came to once a year, whether they needed it or not, for a bath, shave, haircut, tooth-pulling and bleeding. The barber had a daughter who was spotted by Don Julius D´Austria, the illegitimate son of Emperor Rudolf II. Don Julius invited Markéta to live with him with the permission of her parents. But after some time he became angry with her, beat her, cut her several times with a knife and because he thought he had killed her, threw her from a window onto the rocks. This event was also noted by the Rosenberg chronicler Václav Brezan : “She was so terribly damaged that she was no longer a single piece of body, and in this condition she was thrown by him to the rocks. But it wasnt meant to be her last hour, because she fell on a rubbish heap which saved her life. Once she was healthy again she hid herself from him, but he kept returning to her mother so Markéta had to go to him again.”

When Markéta became healthy, Don Julius asked her father to give him Markéta back, but he refused to do so, fearing for her life. Don Julius put him into prison and threatened to kill him if Markéta wouldn´t come. After 5 weeks of prison, Markéta´s mother agreed to bring her daughter and brought her to the castle on Sunday. The next day, on Monday 18th February 1608, don Julius in a fit of anger brutally killed Markéta and disfigured her dead body. This tragic event was also recorded by Václav Brezan: “on the 18th of February, Julius, that awful tyrant and devil, bastard of the Emperor, did an incredibly terrible thing to his bed partner, the daughter of a barber, when he cut off her head and other parts of her body, and people had to put her into her coffin in single pieces.”

And the second, more recent story, is that in the floods of 2003, when a lot of Prague was underwater for about two weeks due to the Vltava flooding (Cesky Krumlov is upstream of Prague on the same river), the floodwaters came to just below the level of the windows on the second floor.

Moving on to Amsterdam on Monday – a chance for Bruce to play up!!!!

 


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